In a blog post published yesterday, YouTube has officialy announced the release of new aweosme feature called facial blur which gives media users the possibility to protect identities of people in videos. Although I smell some political implications in this new service, still it is a great functionality to be added to YouTube tools.
YouTube has made some historical breakthroughs in the video sharing and watching culture. It gradually moved from that simple platofrm to upload and share animal funny videos to a global activist platform that helped in the ousting of long standing dictatorial regimes as was the case in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and now Syria. With the the lanuch of face blurring, YouTube made it clear that identity protection does matter to its huge user database.
Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.
How to blur faces on YouTube video
Blurring faces on YouTube videos is very simple and can be done right from Video Enhancement Tool. Here is how to do it :
- Select the video you want to edit from your video enhancement tool
- Go to additional features and click on `apply` below Blur All Faces
- Have a look at the preview to see how it will look like when the faces are blurred
- You will then be given the option to delete the original video.
Read more about this new feature in this post.